English 1, Lesson 30 – Kourdakov’s Failed Assignment

Writing Assignment: 500 words on this topic: “Describe the choices that led Kourdakov to the failed assignment.” Possible topics: Army vs. Navy, Lenin prayer vs. the slave labor city, joining a crime syndicate vs. staying clean, telling the truth vs. telling a lie. In Kourdakov’s autobiography, The Persecutor, he tells of how he was initiated … More English 1, Lesson 30 – Kourdakov’s Failed Assignment

English 1, Lesson 35 – Kourdakov’s Use of Contrasts

Writing Assignment: 500 words on this topic. “Describe Kourdakov’s use of contrasts to strengthen his narrative.” Examples: Sunday afternoon’s activities, or the meetings — public and private — where he got his award, or the leaders of the USSR vs. the leaders of the victims. Do you think these contrasts make his narrative more powerful? … More English 1, Lesson 35 – Kourdakov’s Use of Contrasts

English 1, Lesson 25 – Major Turning Points in my Life

Writing Assignment: 500 words on major turning points in your life. What changed? Why were they turning points? How did they take place? Kourdakov experienced several of these. They are important for the narrative. Use these as models for your essay. Kourdakov had a very interesting life, full of turning points throughout. He was orphaned … More English 1, Lesson 25 – Major Turning Points in my Life

English 1, Lesson 20 – The Story I Remember the Most

Out of the many spectacular stories in Jim Lehrer’s autobiography, I remember his heart attack and recovery the most. He was able to grab me with this story because I kept thinking, ‘Oh no, what’s going to happen next?’ As he talked about the tightness in his chest and his arm tingling, I remember thinking … More English 1, Lesson 20 – The Story I Remember the Most

Business 1, Lesson 15 – Why Starting my Own Business will Guarantee my Employment in a Decade

Do you think you could ensure that you would be employed in the next ten years if you start a business? I sure do. Starting a business is a great way to stay employed so long as it stays in business. In your own business, you are your own employer, meaning you decide when meetings … More Business 1, Lesson 15 – Why Starting my Own Business will Guarantee my Employment in a Decade

English 1, Lesson 15 – Jim Lehrer’s Heart Attack and the Good Things That Came from It

Jim Lehrer, American journalist, and author of his autobiography A Bus of my Own had a heart attack in 1983. He had been out with his wife and some friends eating Tex-Mex food one night, and noticed that his chest was tight, and his left arm tingled. He also started burping a lot, but he … More English 1, Lesson 15 – Jim Lehrer’s Heart Attack and the Good Things That Came from It

Business 1, Lesson 10 – Harry Browne’s Approach to Selling

How does Harry Browne’s approach to selling rely on the principle of service? Harry Browne believes that everything human beings do is in pursuit of happiness. Even things that people call ‘selfless acts’ are not indeed selfless. People do them because it brings them happiness to see that they helped someone else. So, his approach … More Business 1, Lesson 10 – Harry Browne’s Approach to Selling

English 1, Lesson 10 – 3 Stories I Would Include in my Autobiography

An autobiography is made up of multiple stories of the author’s life. They’re used to convey a message to inform you of the state of the author’s life in that story. Here are three stories I would write in my autobiography. These stories occurred some time in the past five to eight years, as I … More English 1, Lesson 10 – 3 Stories I Would Include in my Autobiography